Peter Ngila @Peterngilanjeri
Some 275 teachers have graduated from Riara University with International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification.
This is in line with the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) requirement that teachers must submit evidence of computer training from recognised bodies such as ICDL. Riara University has partnered with ICDL Africa to offer affordable training to teachers who will be instrumental in the rollout of the government’s Digital Literacy Programme.
The new competence-based curriculum (2-6-6-3) will need more ICT integration and teachers from both primary and secondary are supposed to undergo computer training. The 275 who graduated are derived from kindergarten, primary and high schools.
The plan is to roll out the programme schools in schools in Kenya under an initiative championed by Riara University Advancement and Internationalisation department led by Sumita Mukherjee. “The project is being offered by the School of Computing Sciences led by Prof Felix Musau,” says Mukherjee
Due to the short time teachers have to adapt with the new curriculum, many tutors are utilising flexible times and payment schedules. “Already, Riara Group of schools has also adopted the government policy in ensuring that all teachers have undergone and completed ICDL training,” says Prof Musau,
By incorporating ICT skills in education, teaching standards are expected to improve and ensure quality education is provided to the young generation. It is projected that ICT skills will improve efficiency by 30 per cent as well as make a shift in education from traditional methods of education to be more diverse, fun, engaging, productive and effective.